Hunter X Hunter Chapter 34-63,
Well I was wrong about how the fifth exam would unfold, didn't expect the story to switch to the end after Gon's match (in the anime the Kurapika and Hisoka match was first, the Gon vs Hanzo match was second) and than go back to reveal what happened to everyone else. Pretty cool how Gon handled the match with Hanzo and hahah he really is stubborn. It's no wonder Killua is so intrigued by Gon, his whole perception of strength and ability was shattered when he seen how Gon, who was clearly significantly weaker than Hanzo, changed the situation around. Even Hanzo couldn't help but like Gon.
This reminds me of certain hyperactive knuckleheaded ninja:
Killua really is unstable, must have had some intense upbringing. Killua is physically strong, but he is lacking in mental area - psychologically broken by Illumi, unlike Gon (that's why Killua is so puzzled by Gon's strength). Killua's father is pretty cool, but he did leave me with a impression that he is more menacing than he appears to be. Still nice how he asked Killua what he wanted to do and gave him the freedom to do what he wants to do. I wonder if Killua's father was just like Killua when he was younger, because he seemed pretty confident that Killua will return.
Anyway amusing how the 20 day training arc for Leorio, Kurapika and Gon lasted only 2 pages =P, have to love it when things get down to business quickly. And Gon becomes more interesting here - he is stubborn and wants what he wants, but he shows that he can hold himself back when he becomes aware that what he wants to do will cause other people to get hurt or be problematic for them.
The Heaven Arena Tournament Arc
was really cool - finally learn about Nen, and it really is a cool power system. The strength and ability of Nen is individualistic and it's level depends on the level of the individual, not on some luck of the draw type thing. If you have strong will and are a hard worker, you can develop your Nen immensely. Though while I say that, there is some 'luck-of-the-draw' type developments going on - Gon and Killua having the ability only apparent in 1 in 10 million people (yeah I guess things aren't so equal for everybody). Well I still find pretty interesting. In Naruto
, you can be born with a powerful Kekkei Genkai or a pretty weak one (the differences between certain Kekkei Genkai are immense); in One Piece
, you could eat a pretty average Devil Fruit or an insanely powerful one (it's still possible to research which one you eat like Teach did - Luffy didn't do this but still makes his rubberness
work for him =P); in Bleach
, you could get a pretty lame Shikai or Bankai, or a really awesome Shikai or Bankai - Renji's zanpakutou forms are pretty weak, when you compare this to Aizen Shikai, you just wonder, why are such levels of differences between zanpakutou? Ichigo's zanpakutou just gives him power and speed boost, but he has so many other power forms at his disposal (plus he has the help of Kisuke). In Toriko
, Gourmet Cells exist which enhance the body and mind, so I suppose anybody could utilise it, but I suppose corporations wouldn't want Gourmet Cells freely available (the economy is more stressed in Toriko than in other battle manga, but it is still pretty basic) - anyway different Gourmet Foods enhance your body in different ways, so it probably depends on what Gourmet Food your body/appetite craves for/reacts with (the energy measurement is Kilojoules).
Anyway I like how with Nen, while it is individual, once you attain it, you can improve on it by training your body and mind, unlike with a Kekkai Genkai, Devil, Fruit or Zanpakutou release - once you have those abilities, you pretty cemented in them. Though those series do stretch the rules at times - double Kekkai Genkai and advanced Kekkei Genkai.
Cool how Nen sub-abilities incorporate martial art and meditation techniques - like the progressive muscle relaxation during aura opening process and the Ten process. Also I don't know if it's just because I want to see it, but I am seeing a lot of similarities between Naruto and Hunter X Hunter. While Hunter X Hunter and Naruto incorporate actual martial art technique and meditation principles, there are a few similarities. The whole determining of what affinity you are within the Hatsu process (which of the six essences does your character align with) does remind me of determining what chakra element you have an affinity towards in Naruto. Makes me wonder how Naruto would have turned out if the Sharingan didn't exist - it'll probably be like Hunter X Hunter and more balanced.
There are some other similarities I see between Hunter X Hunter and Naruto - Zushi becoming aware of the skill of Killua and Gon as they learn what took him months in a couple of week does remind me of how Rock Lee reacted when he became aware at the true "talent" of the Uchiha - learning taijutsu in such a small time frame.
Exciting how Killua and Gon fought in the 200th+ floor as they learn to develop their Nen. The Hisoka vs Gon match just oozed out epicness. Goodness, Hisoka is such an amazing, unusual and entertaining character =D. He reminds me of Kimblee from Fullmetal Alchemist, he doesn't care about absolute power of world domination, all he cares about is finding entertainment for himself and amusing himself. Characters like them understand what they are doing (it's not like they don't know what it "right" or "wrong"), and that is why they pursue the path that is most efficient at reaching that source of entertainment - Kimblee joined the military so he could kill, Hisoka became a Hunter so he could be less responsible when he does kill someone.
Gon getting a hit in on Hisoka's face was quite awesome, especially when he returned the number 44 badge =D. But when Hisoka got serious and overwhelmed Gon, things just got badass - clever and awesome how Hisoka utilises his "Bungee Gum" ability - he really does know how to entertain.
The other fights that happened earlier in the tournament were also pretty awesome - Gon and Gido, the fights with Riehlvelt, and Hisoka vs Kastro - amusing how Hisoka psychologically broke Kastro and created such a gap in power when in actuality there wasn't much of a gap between the two =P. And hahah, no reaction by Hisoka (apart from a bigger smile) when he had both his arms chopped off - how crazy =P. Machi has skills, her medical skills with sewing on both arms of Hisoka would even put Sakura's medical jutsu in Naruto to shame =P.
Also interesting how the anime handled this arc (was just reading the episode summaries), rather than having the Hisoka vs Gon fight last, they had it in the late middle and followed through with the other smaller fights which in the manga were done before the Hisoka fight. The anime also added a small filler arc - episodes 18-20 and did add certain things in certain episodes.
Anyway for all those who thought the Naruto x Sasuke relationship was the most yaoi in Shounen, I will direct you to the [very] unhealthy obsession Hisoka has for Gon. It'll make you think twice about things =P:
Well his unusualness and insanity is what makes him my favourite HxH so far =P.
Interested in seeing how Gon will fair in a real world battle. So far Gon has been in tournament battle which were governed by rules and the reason he survived those battles is because of those rules. If it were real-life battles, Gon would be long since dead. And how will Killua's unstableness affect the future relationship of Gon and him =/.